How the Tour de France and SAS Factory Miner relate

July 27, 2015
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July has been an exciting month for me. Not only because of the historic Tour de France this year... but even more because this month the new offering SAS Factory Miner was officially released! With SAS Factory Miner you can run predictive models in an automated model tournament environment to

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Convert a vector to a string

July 27, 2015
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Convert a vector to a string

Base SAS contains many functions for processing strings, and you can call these functions from within a SAS/IML program. However, sometimes a SAS/IML programmer needs to process a vector of strings. No problem! You can call most Base SAS functions with a vector of parameters. I have previously written about

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Active Directory Authentication for SAS on Linux (with realmd)

July 27, 2015
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This is another post in the series about configuring a SAS platform on Linux to use Integrated Windows Authentication (IWA), in this post I’m going to jot down some notes on steps 1-7 – configuring the Linux server for Active Directory (AD) Authentication. Some time has passed since I wrote the original post, and...
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Wealth and winning in NC high school athletics

July 26, 2015
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Wealth and winning in NC high school athletics

The Raleigh News & Observer published a front-page article about the effect of wealth and poverty on high school athletics in North Carolina. In particular, the article concluded that "high schools with a high percentage of poor students rarely win titles in the so-called country club sports—tennis, golf and swimming—and

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Presenting the Newest Member of The Little SAS Book Family

July 24, 2015
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Presenting the Newest Member of The Little SAS Book Family

There is a new kid on the block: Exercises and Projects for The Little SAS Book Fifth Edition.  Rebecca Ottesen, Lora Delwiche and I have worked for three years to complete this book of multiple choice, short answer, programming exercises, and projects.  This book is designed to be used as a supplement to the...
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Saint Peter’s University introduces Master’s degree in data science and business analytics

July 24, 2015
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In December, Saint Peter’s University grants Master’s degrees to its inaugural class of data scientists.  36 students are enrolled in this program, and eight are set to graduate.   As reported this year by Bloomberg, career opportunities for analytics talent are excellent. Saint Peter’s is the latest to collaborate with SAS to offer such a program.

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The relationship between toothlessness and income

July 24, 2015
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The relationship between toothlessness and income

My colleague Robert Allison finds the most interesting data sets to visualize! Yesterday he posted a visualization of toothless seniors in the US. More precisely, he created graphs that show the estimated prevalence of adults (65 years or older) who have had all their natural teeth extracted. The dental profession

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Synchronizing SAS Platform Identities

July 24, 2015
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I’ve been spending lots of time lately on SAS® platform identity synchronizations. I’m fairly confident that I’ve done more Microsoft Active Directory (AD) to SAS Metadata Server synchronizations in the past few weeks, than I’ve done in my entire career working with SAS software! The reason for this is that we’ve been doing lots...
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Only brush the teeth you want to keep

July 23, 2015
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When I was a kid, I remember a motivational poster on my dentist's wall that said "You don't have to brush all your teeth -- only the ones you want to keep."  That poster really made me think, and brush my teeth! And now that I'm a data-analyst adult, I think

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